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  • 02 Aug 2022

DataLase hails success of four-day week

DataLase hails success of four-day week

Having moved to a four-day week in January 2022, one of the leading photonic printing companies, DataLase, hailed the decision as a success, providing various commercial and employee wellbeing benefits.

DataLase had spent considerable time looking at the implications of moving to a shorter working week, carefully weighing the positives and negatives. It helped that the company usually completed its business by lunchtime on a Friday, making the transition easier. On this basis, the senior leadership team made the decision, and the company established its new routine, closely monitoring the impact.

DataLase’s initial decision to move to a four-day week was based on being able to accrue far-reaching positive benefits, particularly in terms of productivity and performance. It was anticipated that staff, who would be better rested and benefit from improved work-life balance, would improve their health and wellbeing, enhancing absenteeism and contributing to an increase in motivation and productivity. Furthermore, it was believed that the change would make DataLase a more attractive place to work, showcasing competitive employee benefits and positively impacting recruitment and retention. 

In conducting a review at the six-month point, DataLase found that morale had improved significantly, the staff was more relaxed, and productivity had increased. The reduced week also helped lessen DataLase’s carbon footprint, with lower energy usage on the day the business is closed. Additionally, employees have had to do less traveling - a bonus given the current fuel prices and good for the environment.

‘For any company considering a similar move, I'd say - just do it,’ said DataLase’s CEO, Clare Lewis. ‘Not only will it improve the morale and mental wellbeing of employees, it really makes a business stand out from the rest. It also helps demonstrate the company’s consideration for employee welfare and an improved work-life balance, which in turn helps to attract a greater talent pool from a recruitment point of view. I firmly believe this is the way forward, and far more businesses should adopt a four-day week.’


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